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Cancer Survivors and Caregivers invited to Drive-Thru Parade for Relay For Life of Southern Nevada at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Cancer Survivors and Caregivers invited to Drive-Thru Parade for Relay For Life of Southern Nevada at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

Local cancer survivors and caregivers in the greater Las Vegas area are invited for a Drive-Thru Survivor and Caregiver Parade on Saturday, August 15 at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The celebratory parade is part of the virtual Relay For Life of Southern Nevada 2020 event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Relay For Life of Southern Nevada continues the fight against cancer by urging participants near and far to come together for a virtual Relay For Life event on Saturday, August 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The goal of the event is to bring those affected by cancer together and to raise funds for the ongoing efforts of the American Cancer Society (ACS). 

At the core of what the American Cancer Society represents, cancer survivors traditionally kick off Relay For Life events by leading the first lap – celebrating another year of life. This is traditionally followed by the caregiver lap to celebrate their selfless acts of love and kindness.

To honor this tradition, there will be a Drive-Thru Survivor and Caregiver Parade at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 15. These amazing heroes are invited to decorate their cars with key details including names, numbers of years as a survivor, colors corresponding with the type of cancer defeated, traditional Relay color of purple and white, or any way to celebrate these incredible accomplishments in the battle against cancer.

Everyone will avoid the heat by being required to safely socially-distance in their own vehicles. The parade will be live-streamed on Facebook and the Relay website. There will be an award for the best decorated car.

Participants are asked to arrive at the Rio Convention Center parking lot around 7:20 a.m. to begin check in and staging. All survivors are asked to register online at prior to the event. 

Registered survivors will receive a goodie bag and survivor t-shirt* until they are gone (*provided on a first-come, first-served basis according to those registered as a survivor online). Participants can watch opening ceremonies on their phones inside their cars prior to entering the track. Please note that NO cars will be allowed to enter the track after 7:59am. 

Local artist Chadwick Johnson will be performing a song during this event. Chadwick has performed at venues across Vegas including The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Suncoast Showroom, and has been a resident performer at Red Rock Casino. 

Relay For Life of Southern Nevada is supported by many local businesses and organizations. This year’s presenting sponsors are Caesars Entertainment Inc. and Penn National Gaming. Relay For Life supports the efforts of the ACS from developing breakthrough therapies and innovative research, to building supportive communities, to providing resources and game-changing approaches to address the cancer burden for all people. 

Visit or Relay For Life of Southern Nevada on Facebook for more information and to stay up-to-date with event details and ways you can get involved.  

For questions, please call or email Shannon Moore at 775-910-3329 or [email protected].